Sundance Film Festival: London Preview

Female directors may have been few and far between at Cannes, with only three films directed by women in competition, but the upcoming Sundance Film Festival: London promises a refreshing change. The British iteration of the famous festival brings a condensed lineup, but women are front and centre as 58% of the films showcased are directed by women. Films starring women will also be gracing the 4-day festival including Hereditary and Eighth Grade. The festival will also host panels and discussions on the state of the film industry and whether it is making steps towards inclusivity. For this Sundance preview, we highlight all of the female-directed films in the lineup.

THE TALE dir. Jennifer Fox

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Jennifer Fox’s harrowing autobiographical look at sexual abuse will be opening the festival following its premiere on HBO last Saturday. Laura Dern stars as Jennifer, a woman who is forced to reconcile the sexual relationship she had as a 13-year-old. In the age of Time’s Up and #MeToo, films like these feel timely, but it’s necessary that women get to tell their own stories in their own words.

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CCFF ‘18 Review: ‘Leave No Trace’

This piece is by guest writer Max Wink

If 2016’s Captain Fantastic and 2010’s Winter’s Bone were to have a movie child, the result would be Debra Granik’s latest feature, Leave No Trace. Much like Captain Fantastic, this film is about a family that has isolated itself from society, but while Captain Fantastic explores the quirkily entertaining parts of this unconventional lifestyle, Leave No Trace infuses the premise with the serious realism of Winter’s Bone (which was also directed by Granik). The result of this combination is an emotional journey that surpasses the greatness of both of its “parents.”

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